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Q: My grandmother died and her new husband is trying to take all of her things. Can he do that?

My grandmother died recently and her new husband is trying to keep all of her things and her house from a previous marriage. The house in question belonged to my grandfather and grandmother and through a joint will was to be left to my mother upon my grandmothers death. He new husband is now trying to tell us we are not allowed at the house or allowed to have any of my grandmothers personal possessions as well as my grandfathers possessions he left before he died. Can he do that?

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  • Probate Lawyer
  • Moline, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: The first question is who exactly owns the house.

If the house was in joint tenancy, then it would belong to the grandmother upon grandfather's death.

Did the grandmother deed it. If not it would belong to her estate.

Her will would then come into play.

Did she write a new will after her remarriage.

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